Had a really nice Thanksgiving, enjoying all the leftovers 🙂 On Saturday, our local High School football team played in the State Final game at the Indianapolis Colts stadium. This is not the high school I went to, (actually our rival) but it’s the one my son went to for his senior year, and is right across the street from us. They didn’t win, but it was an accomplishment nonetheless, and an awesome memory for those students to play at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Linking-up with Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.
THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS:
WHAT I’M READING/HAVE READ:
I finished Marry Me at Christmas by Susan Mallery. The scavenger hunt was a lot of fun. But I had downloaded the one from one of her previous Christmas stories, and I kept checking the list, and I was like I’m usually into the details of a book, but hadn’t come across any of the things on the list after like 4 chapters. Yeah…wrong list, lol. Like all the other Fool’s Gold Christmases, there was a wedding in this one. Good holiday stories.
What I am starting next for my holiday reading is The Mistletoe Inn by Richard Paul Evans. This is an actual book, and it’s one of those books that’s a really nice size, hard covered, beautiful cover design…my eyes will be crossing from the small print though, LOL. My mom got this one from the library, and it sounds really good. Romance, Christmastime, a writer’s workshop at the Mistletoe Inn, two aspiring writers sharing their dreams, their writing and their troubled pasts…yeah…this oughta be good 😉
FAVORITE RECIPE TO SHARE:
These are easy to make, and a great way to use leftover turkey. I add mozzarella cheese when I make the sandwiches, (and a little mayo on my own).
Cranberry BBQ Turkey Sandwiches
1 can (14 ounces) jellied cranberry sauce
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup ketchup
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or soy sauce)
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/8 teaspoon paprika
6 cups shredded cooked turkey breast
12 sandwich buns, split
In a large saucepan, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
Stir in turkey; simmer 4-5 minutes longer or until heated through. Spoon 1/2 cup onto each bun. Yield: 12 servings.
ON THE TV:
I watched this the other night with the kids, and it was so much fun to watch. On the Food Network, All-Star Gingerbread Build with Food Network’s master bakers, Duff Goldman and Ron Ben-Israel, and HGTV’s Property Brothers, Drew and Jonathan Scott. So much fun, our favorite bakers and builders!! They had to build a 12′ x 12′ Gingerbread house, that had furniture on the inside, and a yard on the outside. They were awesome!! The prize was a donation in their names to a charity. The Property Brothers were on opposite teams, and it was so much fun to watch their twin/sibling rivalry come out, add Duff’s personality to that, and watching Ron Ben-Israel use a power saw…too much fun!!
LOL CHUCKLES, AND GIGGLES:
HOLIDAY PREP CHECKLIST:
I am the head elf on the exterior illumination, and got that done on Sunday. It was a bit chilly, but I’m glad it is done 🙂 “250 Strands of lights….100 individual bulbs per strand….for a grand total of 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights.” (Clark Griswold) LOL…it’s not that extravagant, but pretty enough.
We started on the inside decorations, my daughter and youngest son are having fun, it’s like HGTV in here.
THING’S I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO:
Friday – Illuminated Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. Did I mention the live reindeer?!?!?
Saturday – Decorating the library for the Christmas Gala
Sunday – Library Christmas Gala: Decorated Christmas trees, music by The Heavenly Harps, finger food and beverages.
My mom is one of the librarians, and the President of the Friends of the Library, so I volunteer to help set-up their bigger events. They haven’t done a Christmas event like this, so it should be really nice. I mean what’s not to like, Christmas time at the library!!
FAVORITE VIDEO/BLOG POST:
I saw this last year, and it is too funny. These two guys, lol. Now whenever I hear The Twelve Days of Christmas, I think of these two.
MY HOLIDAY PLAYLIST:
We are now listening to Christmas music 24/7. So I’ll be sharing my some of my favorites. This one reminds me of my childhood. I just love this arrangement.